In Pictures: Torrential rain leaves Paris streets and Metro stations under water

A dramatic thunderstorm hit the French capital yet again on Tuesday night bringing with it such heavy downpours that Metro stations were submerged, streets were flooded and people were evacuated. Here's a collection of the best images.

In Pictures: Torrential rain leaves Paris streets and Metro stations under water
Illustration photo: AntoinedeP/Twitter
Spectacular scenes of thunder and lightning were witnessed in the French capital on Tuesday night while the accompanying lashing rain caused disruption on the Paris Metro and even on the city's streets. 
On line 11 of the Paris Metro, trains were not stopping at Jourdain station for part of the evening because of the impressive floods and the Paris transport operator RATP also decided to temporarily close the Kremlin-Bicêtre station on line 7.
In the streets of the capital, water levels rose very quickly, with nearly 30 centimeters falling during the course of the evening in the 19th arrondissement.
According to national weather agency Météo France, more than two millimeters per minute fell in some parts of the capital at around 9:15 pm.

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And in the southwestern Paris suburb of Chatenay-Malabry (Hauts-de-Seine), 450 people were evacuated from the Théâtre de la Piscine.
On Wednesday morning Line 1 between Nation and Vincennes remained suspended.
Unsurprisingly many people took to Twitter, posting videos and photos of the spectacular weather. Here's a selection of the best images. 


No doubt some Parisians were wishing they'd worn their wellies home from work. 


And some might even have wished they had easy access to a boat. 


For many there was nothing to do but take shelter. 


Even those in cars were battling the elements. 



Luckily, some people managed to see the funny side. 


Unsurprisingly, the cafe terrasses were empty. 

Some joked, with one Twitter user posting: “The beginning of the summer in Paris is lovely” (see below). 


And let's not forget the stunning images of the lightening which lit up the sky across the French capital with purple bolts. 



And here's a couple of dramatic videos:


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